Hiroshima. Nagasaki. Mercury, Nevada? The latter was the site for the testing of 928 nuclear weapons from 1951 to 1992.
Three groups in particular continue to be impacted by 928 large-scale nuclear weapons detonations from 1951-1992 at the Nevada Test Site: Native Americans, Mormons and ranchers. Downwind exposes an infamous, harrowing chapter of US history and the ongoing health consequences for downwinder communities including the marginalized Western Shoshone whose sacred land - by treaty - is still restricted with the resumption of nuclear testing "under debate."
Narrated by Martin Sheen, Downwind features Oscar-winner Michael Douglas, comedian Lewis Black and prominent Downwinders whose heartbreaking stories have inspired remarkable perseverance. Filmed from the red-earth canyons near St. George, Utah to New York City, Downwind captures the astonishing rise of American patriot-activists whose hope is to expose government breach of trust, to stop future nuclear weapons testing and to mobilize Congress to expand the underfunded Radiation Exposure Compensation Act which will sunset in June 2024.